Na­tion ranks 2nd in global re­search

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

China leads the world in 32 out of 138 re­search top­ics in ground­break­ing nat­u­ral and so­cial sci­ence fields, sec­ond only to the United States, ac­cord­ing to the Re­search Fronts 2018 re­port pub­lished on Oct 24. The re­sults were based on anal­y­sis of re­search fronts — a clus­ter of highly cited pa­pers over a five-year pe­riod — which can help de­ter­mine ar­eas where key work is be­ing done and where the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity is most ac­tive. This al­lows re­searchers and of­fi­cials to iden­tify sci­en­tific trends and ar­eas of pos­si­ble col­lab­o­ra­tion. Last year, China led in 25 top­ics in the re­port, which was com­piled by the Chi­nese Acad­emy of Sci­ences’ In­sti­tute of Sci­ence and De­vel­op­ment and Clar­i­vate An­a­lyt­ics, a global an­a­lyt­ics com­pany. The re­port has been pub­lished an­nu­ally since 2014. In 2018, the US topped the world, lead­ing in 82 top­ics. Ger­many ranked third, lead­ing in six fields, and the United King­dom was fourth.

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